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Argentina: Wildfire Sets off 50-Calibre Rounds

By Merco Press:

Fifty calibre rounds exploded in burning bushes as the Falkland Islands Fire and Rescue Service battled a gorse-bush fire in the early hours of January 6. Watch Manager Gene Berntsen told Penguin News this week that the rounds were heard by members of the public exploding before the arrival of the Fire Service and by fire-fighters as they tackled the fire.

No injuries were sustained during the fire “just some blisters – but that’s normal,” he said. Showing some of the rounds to PN, he said he had been told by residents there were Argentine gun emplacements nearby the area during the 1982 war.

The Fire Service was called to the area at 4:10am on Monday morning. A report from the service noted that the 999 call was made by a nearby resident who was awoken by the flames. As soon as she became aware, another nearby resident and retained fire fighter ran door to door to warn everyone in the vicinity to evacuate, before running to the Fire Station to join in the fire fighting efforts.

On arrival, crews were faced with a rapidly spreading and hot fire, producing plenty of smoke. It had already jumped the path and as well as heading east and west, was heading south towards the school, with substantial damage to the outside of the Sure administration building.

Crews deployed quickly, wearing breathing apparatus where needed, to contain the fire. Once the spread was controlled, they concentrated on ensuring that all hotspots were out. The Service worked with PWD, who sent a JCB to dig out an area of gorse to the south to be a fire break if it was needed.

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Image: Merco Press

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